Thursday 17 August 2017

Gallagher regret as McBrearty opts out

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile

Chris McNulty

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has expressed his disappointment at Stephen McBrearty's decision to leave the county panel for the summer.

The Kilcar man, who played a leading role on Sunday in his club's Donegal SFC win over Gaoth Dobhair, is to travel to the US for the summer having informed Gallagher last weekend of his decision to withdraw from the county squad.

McBrearty, younger brother of Donegal senior player Patrick McBrearty, has been highly-regarded for some time now, but has not nailed down a regular berth in the senior team.

The IT Sligo student was restricted to cameo appearances in the Allianz League this year as he featured for a total of 17 minutes in games against Kerry, Dublin and Tyrone.

"You're disappointed when any player decides to leave the panel when an awful lot of work goes into them," Gallagher said. "You have to understand that their phones are hopping from America. I know how it works. We're disappointed that he's going, but at the same time he hasn't featured too much.

"By his own admission, he wasn't playing overly well with the U-21s and he felt that it was a good time for him to go.

"The reality is that we are now focusing on the 38 players that we have. We judge everyone by how they train."

Irish Independent

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